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Business Fables and Management Lessons

Business Fables and Management Lessons
Powerful lessons for CEOs, executives, leaders, managers and marketers on business, management, corporate strategies, leadership, decision making tools drawn from famous fairy tales, folklore, fables, myths, legends, fantasy and stories.


Effective Delegation of Work
2007-10-04 16:18:00
Effective managers and leaders know that they can climb greater heights and achieve remarkable goals only if they delegate work to the good, able and talented people around them. The logic is simple – if they are able to rope in more brains and bodies to do the tasks, they are able to get more things done within the same time frame. Having these tasks out of the managers' hands will free up
More About: Work , Effective
Workaholics with No Balanced Life
2007-09-21 20:22:00
There is no indefinite job security. Market conditions fluctuate so fast that workers would rather play it safe by working into the good books of the employer. What better way to do that than to be the first person to step into the office and the last to leave. What started out as pure work enthusiasts end up being workaholics. Workaholics' lives center around work and nothing else.
More About: Life
My Boss is an Idiot
2007-09-14 15:34:00
Working hard and being extremely competent in what you do is not the key to getting a promotion. Not when you have an idiot and a fool as a boss, supervisor or manager. All of us may at one time or other work with bosses who belong to that “no-brain, no-skill” category, and our favorite happy-hour conversations always center upon how these bosses got to that position of power in the first
More About: Boss , Idiot
Control and Overcome Procrastination
2007-09-04 14:25:00
Procrastination – putting off till tomorrow things that we should do today. At some point in our lives, we are either guilty of procrastination or know of friends or colleagues who are. Is procrastination a bad thing? Would you call procrastinators lazy? Are they poor decision makers? Would you marry or stay married to a procrastinator? As you will read, we do not view procrastination as
More About: Control , Overcome , Procrastination
Self Help, Perseverance and Success
2007-08-24 17:17:00
A startup business crumbles after 2 years and needs a couple of million dollars of funds to keep it afloat. Entrepreneur A seeks financial help from banks, negotiates scheme of arrangement with creditors, and when all these don't materialize, he prays that a white knight will come to his rescue. Entrepreneur B adopts a similar approach with banks and creditors. However, instead of waiting
More About: Success , Perseverance
Higher Purpose and Job Satisfaction
2007-08-15 14:59:00
The Donkey Carrying Salt (Illus by Milo Winter) A Merchant, driving his Donkey homeward from the seashore with a heavy load of salt, came to a river crossed by a shallow ford. They had crossed this river many times before without accident, but this time the Donkey slipped and fell when halfway over. And when the Merchant at last got him to his feet, much of the salt had melted away. Delighted
More About: Management , Employees , Leadership , Motivation , Staffing
Turn Adversity into Opportunity
2007-08-08 15:36:00
Old Mule in Well A farmer owned an old mule. One day, the mule fell into the farmer's well. The mule brayed loudly and caught the attention of the farmer. Upon assessing the situation, the farmer ruled out any possibility of a rescue as it was simply too much trouble to lift the mule out of the well. Out of sympathy for the animal, he decided to enlist his neighbors' help to haul dirt
More About: Opportunity , Turn , Adversity , Unit
Teamwork - A Competitive Advantage
2007-07-31 17:23:00
The Bundle of Sticks A certain Father had a family of Sons, who were forever quarreling among themselves. No words he could say did the least good, so he cast about in his mind for some very striking example that should make them see that discord would lead them to misfortune. One day when the quarreling had been much more violent than usual and each of the Sons was moping in a surly manner,
More About: Business , Management , Leadership , Empowerment , Teamwork
Boss's pet and Favoritism
2007-07-18 17:55:00
The Dog and the Wolf (Illus by Milo Winter) A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. "Ah, Cousin," said the Dog. "I knew how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly given to you?" "I would have no objection," said the Wolf, "if I could only get
More About: Business , Power , Management , Relationship , Employees
Value Ideas and Staff Suggestions
2007-07-11 15:42:00
The Cock and the Jewel (Illus by Arthur Rackham) A Cock was busily scratching and scraping about to find something to eat for himself and his family, when he happened to turn up a precious jewel that had been lost by its owner. "Aha!" said the Cock. "No doubt you are very costly and he who lost you would give a great deal to find you. But as for me, I would choose a single grain of
More About: Ideas , Business , Management , Employees , Feedback
Problem Solving: Define Problem
2007-06-27 16:42:00
The Crow and the Pitcher (Illus by Milo Winter) In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it. But the pitcher was high and had a narrow neck, and no matter how he tried, the Crow could not reach the water. The poor thing felt as if he must die of thirst. Then an idea came to him. Picking up some small
More About: Business , Management , Leadership , Strategies , Problem
The Boss is Always Right
2007-06-16 09:36:00
The Animals and the Plague (Illus by Milo Winter) Once upon a time a severe plague raged among the animals. Many died, and those who lived were so ill, that they cared for neither food nor drink, and dragged themselves about listlessly. No longer could a fat young hen tempt Master Fox to dinner, nor a tender lamb rouse greedy Sir Wolf's appetite. At last the Lion decided to call a council.
More About: Business , Power , Management , Relationship , Boss
Conflict Resolution at Work
2007-06-07 10:13:00
The Eagle and the Beetle (Illus by Milo Winter) An Eagle was chasing a hare, which was running for dear life and was at her wits' end to know where to turn for help. Presently she espied a Beetle, and begged it to aid her. So when the Eagle came up the Beetle warned her not to touch the hare, which was under its protection. But the Eagle never noticed the Beetle because it was so small,
More About: Business , Public Relations , Management , Relationship , Customer Service
Learn the Art of Saying NO
2007-05-25 07:49:00
The Man and His Two Wives In the old days, when men were allowed to have many wives, a middle-aged Man had one wife that was old and one that was young; each loved him very much, and desired to see him like herself. Now the Man's hair was turning grey, which the young Wife did not like, as it made him look too old for her husband. So every night she used to comb his hair and pick out the
More About: Business , Management , Relationship , Leadership , Stress Management
Cope with Work Stress
2007-05-25 07:27:00
The Ass and The Mule A Muleteer set forth on a journey, driving before him an Ass and a Mule, both well laden. The Ass, as long as he traveled along the plain, carried his load with ease, but when he began to ascend the steep path of the mountain, felt his load to be more than he could bear. He entreated his companion to relieve him of a small portion, that he might carry home the rest; but
More About: Business , Management , Work , Leadership , Motivation
Leaders as Role Models
2007-05-12 19:12:00
The Young Thief and his Mother (Illus by Cassatt, Mary: The Young Mother) A young Man had been caught in a daring act of theft and had been condemned to be executed for it. He expressed his desire to see his Mother, and to speak with her before he was led to execution, and of course this was granted. When his Mother came to him he said: "I want to whisper to you," and when she brought her
More About: Business , Models , Management , Relationship , Leadership
Trust Gut Instincts and Intuition
2007-05-02 14:14:00
The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox (Illus by Milo Winter) A Dog and a Cock, who were the best of friends, wished very much to see something of the world. So they decided to leave the farmyard and to set out into the world along the road that led to the woods. The two comrades traveled along in the very best of spirits and without meeting any adventure to speak of. At nightfall the Cock, looking
More About: Business , Management , Leadership , Success , Strategies
Dreams, Goals, and Motivation
2007-04-18 20:16:00
The Milkmaid and her Pail (Illus by Milo Winter) Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a Pail on her head. As she went along she began calculating what she would do with the money she would get for the milk. "I'll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown," said she, "and they will lay eggs each morning, which I will sell to the parson's wife. With the money that I get from the
More About: Dreams , Wealth , Money , Management , Employees
Corporate Governance and Transparent Leadership
2007-03-25 19:54:00
The Jay and the Peacock A Jay venturing into a yard where Peacocks used to walk, found there a number of feathers which had fallen from the Peacocks when they were moulting. He tied them all to his tail and strutted down towards the Peacocks. When he came near them they soon discovered the cheat, and striding up to him pecked at him and plucked away his borrowed plumes. So the Jay could do
More About: Politics , Business , Iraq War , Management , Ethics
Effective and Efficient Meetings
2007-03-25 19:51:00
Belling the Cat Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case. "You will all agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the
More About: Business , Money , Management , Planning , Leadership
Christmas tale and generous managers
2007-03-25 19:49:00
The Little Match Girl (media kit from Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and evening-- the last evening of the year. In this cold and darkness there went along the street a poor little girl, bareheaded, and with naked feet. When she left home she had slippers on, it is true; but what was the good of that? They were very large slippers,
More About: Christmas , Business , Wealth , Money , Charity
Innovative marketing and packaging
2007-03-25 19:46:00
The Two Pots (Illus by Arthur Rackham) Two Pots had been left on the bank of a river, one of brass, and one of earthenware. When the tide rose they both floated off down the stream. Now the earthenware pot tried its best to keep aloof from the brass one, which cried out: "Fear nothing, friend, I will not strike you." "But I may come in contact with you," said the other, "if I come too close
More About: Marketing , Business , Money , Advertising , Management
Customer service ? accept blame, own the problem
2007-03-25 19:44:00
The Rivers and the Sea The Rivers joined together to complain to the Sea, saying, "Why is it that when we flow into your tides so potable and sweet, you work in us such a change, and make us salty and unfit to drink?" The Sea, perceiving that they intended to throw the blame on him, said, "Pray cease to flow into me, and then you will not be made briny." Moral: Don't blame others for a
More About: Business , Money , Public Relations , Management , Relationship
Autocrats, dictators, and dominant bosses
2007-03-25 19:42:00
The Frogs desiring a King (Illus by Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset) The Frogs were living as happy as could be in a marshy swamp that just suited them; they went splashing about caring for nobody and nobody troubling with them. But some of them thought that this was not right, that they should have a king and a proper constitution, so they determined to send up a petition to
More About: Dictators , Dictator , Rats , Mina , Domin
Business strategy based on false assumptions
2007-03-25 19:40:00
The One-Eyed Doe (Illus by Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset) A Doe had had the misfortune to lose one of her eyes, and could not see any one approaching her on that side. So to avoid any danger she always used to feed on a high cliff near the sea, with her sound eye looking towards the land. By this means she could see whenever the hunters approached her on land, and often
More About: Marketing , Politics , Business , Information , Research
Focus on your proven strategy
2007-03-25 19:37:00
The Fox and the Cat A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. "I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which contains a hundred ways of escaping my enemies." "I have only one," said the Cat; "but I can generally manage with that." Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds coming towards them, and the Cat immediately scampered up a tree
More About: Business , Money , Management , Competition , Strategy
Importance of planning
2007-03-25 19:35:00
The Ant and the Grasshopper (Illus by Arthur Rackham) In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the
More About: Politics , Business , Wealth , Money , Management
Communicate truthfully and effectively
2007-03-25 19:34:00
The Monkey and the Dolphin (Illus by Arthur Rackham) A Sailor, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to amuse him while on shipboard. As he sailed off the coast of Greece, a violent tempest arose in which the ship was wrecked and he, his Monkey, and all the crew were obliged to swim for their lives. A Dolphin saw the Monkey contending with the waves, and supposing him to be a man
More About: Truth , Public Relations , Management , Relationship , Leadership
Value every team member
2007-03-25 19:32:00
The Lion and the Mouse (Illus by Erin O'Leary Brown) Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?"
More About: Business , Money , Management , Employees , Strategies
Walk away from a bad deal
2007-03-25 19:29:00
The Lion in Love (Illus by Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset) A Lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. They did not like to give their daughter to the Lion, yet they did not wish to enrage the King of Beasts. At last the father said: "We feel highly honoured by your Majesty's proposal, but you
More About: Business , Management , Leadership , Strategies , Deal
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